Oba of Benin crowned in grand style
The coronation of the 39th Oba of Benin Kingdom climaxed Thursday following the emergence of crown the prince, Eheneden Erediauwa from the Usama Palace ground in full regalia as a new Oba.
The coronation took place at 2am by the Usama N’ Ihiron, in a private ceremony inside the Usama Palace, which was erected temporarily for the coronation ceremony.
The first appearance of the new Oba came about 1.00pm when he left Usama Palace amidst greetings with a loud ovation from his subjects comprising different groups, societies, palace chiefs and women groups who trouped out to witness the historic occasion.
A source close to the palace revealed that the new Oba who wore the crown and covered his mouth with a white handkerchief was made to be seen by the people heralded by firework which marked the climax of the coronation exercise.
The new Oba before proceeding to Urhokpota Hall where he was given the staff of office by Governor Adams Oshimhole of Edo state, was made to stop briefly at Iwehen where the Iwehen Ewaise performed some traditional rites enroute the historic Omi River and was received by Chief Omoruyi Isekhere.
Finally at about 2.52pm new monarch made the triumphant entry into Urhokpota, a journey by foot that lasted close to two hours.